After participating in this educational activity, attendees should be able to:

1. Describe nursing assessment of the post-op thoracic patient

2. Discuss nursing interventions related to pain control, activity and diet for the post-op thoracic surgery patient

3. Describe important nursing interventions/observations while awaiting the return of bowel function

    post colorectal surgery

4. Discuss nutritional goals and strategies when caring for the post-op colorectal surgery patient

5. Discuss activity goals for the post-op colorectal surgery patient

6. Identify pain management strategies for the post-op colorectal surgery patient

7. Identify components of pre-operative education in caring for thoracic and colorectal patients

8. Describe important aspects of discharge education for post-op thoracic and colorectal patients

9. Describe the nurse’s role in caring for a patient on BIPAP, CPAP, or high flow O2

10. Discuss important nursing assessments when caring for a patient in respiratory distress


Amy Zajac, NP 
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Department of Surgery, Thoracic
Baystate Medical Center

Cynthia Lucas, PA-C, MS
Physician Assistant
Baystate Medical Center

Deborah Kinsey, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
SW5, SW6
Baystate Medical Center

Helen Scoville, RRT, MSM
Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapy Department
Baystate Medical Center

Lynn Morris, RN
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Baystate Medical Center 

Faculty Disclosure

The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education ( CE ) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options.  Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity.

None of the members of the faculty and planning committee for this educational event have commercial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods and services consumed by or used on patients.

Session date: 
10/08/2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm EDT
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
United States
  • 4.00 ANCC Contact Hours

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